Patriots Sprint - Triathlon

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Williamsburg, Virginia
United States
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72F / 22C
Total Time = 1h 36m 7s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 10/18
Pre-race routine:

Was up at 4:45, slept pretty well. Drank some coffee, ate my oatmeal with almonds. Husband check water currents and tides. Yeah for calm water. Saw that friends doing the Nations Tri had their swim cancelled so felt lucky.Wrangled sleepy kids into car and left resort by 5:50
Event warmup:

Got to race site at 6:15. Body marked. Helped friend set up her transition. Portapotties. Chips. Set up my transition. 10 minute run to check out run start. Walked down to swim to try to figure out course, then waded out past "start line" got in a few strokes in the water to check depth and sighting.
  • 15m 52s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 07s / 100 meters

Everyone else was walking to start and I knew that it was just barely deep enough to swim and I wanted to do that to get my rythym. But my heart rate still got really high and I had to breath every two strokes. The race director said to watch the current rounding the first bouy but I couldn't feel it. The water felt totally calm. I had to work around some people in the middle section, but I sighted well. The only time I might have felt a twinge of current was on the last leg going towards shore. I just felt like I was working harder than normal. I kept swimming as long as I could even though I saw people wading. Got out and checked my watch and say I hadn't started it!! Bugger. Guessed based on wave start on my time and knew I did okay.
What would you do differently?:

Start watch. Get into water to calm heart rate. Swim pace was only okay, could have gone faster. Have water with me while wating! I felt thirsty down on the beach. Pack clear goggles just in case. My tinted ones were almost too dark,
Transition 1
  • 05m 8s

I knew this was a long T1 (1/3 of a mile according to the Half race description) so I set out flip flops. I should have just run barefoot since I felt my ankles getting all twisted trying to run in them. My rack was also right by the bike in and bike out and I hadn't realized that we had to go all the way to the other end on the swim in. So even more time running in flip flops.I spent a little time wiping off the mud on my feet. Got on socks, shoes, helmet, glasses, race belt, and HR monitor strap. Was on my way out and realized I didn't have my HR watch. Ran out.
What would you do differently?:

Scope the course. Don't worry about HR monitor. Drink water before getting on the bike
  • 44m 44s
  • 12.6 miles
  • 16.90 mile/hr

I was having some tightness around my right knee for the first few miles so I would stretch out the leg on the downhills. Think it was a tight hamstring pulling. Kept up an 18mp average on the way out, 19 mph on the way back...when I realized my friend was catching up to me. Hit some crosswinds on the open parts and had a little drizzle. The turn to the finish was NOT clear on the map and may have been mentioned during the pre-race talk (didn't go) but it was different that when I had done it before and was a surprise. My bike computer said the distance was 12.6 and my average was 17.5, so the slow parts may have come from the run and dismount.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more. I ended up being okay because it wasn't hot, but I was happy with my pace. Scope out the finish. No clue how I would have known here, but will do so in the future.
Transition 2
  • 02m 3s

I slowed to say hi to the family and kids. Legs were feeling a bit tired.
What would you do differently?:

Move faster? Maybe grab a shot block or two.
  • 28m 22s
  • 3.1 kms
  • 09m 09s  min/km

I said hello to one of the 12 year old racers right after the start and he just started chatting. It was kind of awesome because he talked pretty much the whole time and it gave me something else to think about! I thought I was going slow until I saw the first split and knew that was where I wanted to be. Friend passed me shortly after that :-P HR monitor kept chirping. I knew I was high, but I felt fine. Grabbed water at stop.
What would you do differently?:

I felt great about this run. I have been running so slowly with my HIM training that it was nice to know I still had a little speed in me. I could have maybe pushed it a tad more, but was thankful to have someone to talk to.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around. Got medal. Waited in line for some cheese pizza (yum). Got some fruit and snacks to share with the kids. Packed up and left. Watched some of the awards but left before we could hear that my friend, racing her FIRST race, got 2nd place in the novice category!!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Pay better attention to the course and transitions.

Event comments:

Love that there's so many collegiate teams at this race...and they they start FIRST. It's a great race for beginners and for folks who have raced for years. Lots of places to stay and things to do. Great for families to watch and join the fun. Hate the T1 run but know that there's nothing that can be done about it

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Last updated: 2014-07-14 12:00 AM
00:15:52 | 750 meters | 02m 07s / 100meters
Age Group: 15/18
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: TYR tri top and shorts
Course: clockwise rectangle, but started out in the water in line with the rock wall because the cove was too shallow. Out to yellow bouy, turn right, past two sighting bouys, turn right, aim to wiggly man on shore.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:08
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
00:44:44 | 12.6 miles | 16.90 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/18
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Av HR - 173, Max 183
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Out and back with only two slight turns. Pretty countryside. Turn around before the big "hill" (bridge). HARD right turn back into parking area/finish.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:03
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:28:22 | 03.1 kms | 09m 09s  min/km
Age Group: 10/18
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
172 average (but I forgot and left it running, so that's some cool down time too). 193 max...yikes! First mile: 9:07, 2nd mile: 9:21, 3rd mile: 8:59
Course: Flat out and back along running trail
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5